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The Handbook of Children, Media and Development

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4417-9
640 pages
July 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Children, Media and Development brings together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental science, communication, and medicine to provide an authoritative, comprehensive look at the empirical research on media and media policies within the field.

  • 25 newly-commissioned essays bring new research to the forefront, especially on digital media, developmental research, and public policy debates
  • Includes helpful introductions to each section, a theoretical overview of the field, and a final chapter that offers a vision of future research
  • Contributors include key, international authorities in the field
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Table of Contents

Notes on Editors and Contributors.

Foreword: Aletha C. Huston: (University of Texas at Austin).

Introduction: Media and Children’s Development: Sandra L. Calvert (Georgetown University), Barbara J. Wilson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Part I: Historical, Conceptual, and Financial Underpinnings of Media:.

1. Historical and Recurring Concerns about Children’s Use of the Mass Media: Ellen Wartella (University of California, Riverside), Michael Robb (University of California, Riverside).

2. Business Models for Children’s Media: Alice Cahn (Cartoon Network), Terry Kalagian (Kalagian Productions), Catherine Lyon (Children’s Media Development Consultant).

Part II: Media Access and Differential Use Patterns:.

3. Media Use Across Childhood: Access, Time, and Content: Ronda Scantlin (University of Dayton).

4. Children, Race, Ethnicity, and Media: Bradley S. Greenberg (Michigan State University), Dana E. Mastro (University of Arizona).

5. Gender, Media Use, and Effects: Stacey J. T. Hust (Washington State University), Jane D. Brown (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

6. Media and the Family: Alison Alexander (University of Georgia).

Part III: Cognitive Effects of Media: How and What Children Learn:.

7. Attention and Learning from Media during Infancy and Early Childhood: Rachel Barr (Georgetown University).

8. Media Symbol Systems and Cognitive Processes: Kaveri Subrahmanyam (California State University), Patricia Greenfield (University of California, Los Angeles).

9. Learning from Educational Media: Heather L. Kirkorian (University of Massachusetts), Daniel R. Anderson (University of Massachusetts).

10. News, Reality Shows, and Children’s Fears: Examining Content Patterns, Theories, and Negative Effects: Stacy L. Smith (University of Southern California), Katherine M. Pieper (University of Southern California), Emily J. Moyer-Guse (University of California, Santa Barbara).

Part IV: Social Effects of Media:.

11. Media Violence and Aggression in Youth: Barbara J. Wilson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

12. Prosocial Effects of Media Exposure: Marie-Louise Mares (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Edward Palmer (Davidson College), Tia Sullivan (Riley Institute’s Center for Education Policy and Leadership).

13. Make-Believe Play, Imagination, and Creativity: Links to Children’s Media Exposure: Dorothy G. Singer (Yale University), Jerome L. Singer (Yale University).

14. Parasocial and Online Social Relationships: Cynthia Hoffner (Georgia State University).

15. Fear Responses to Media Entertainment: Patti M. Valkenburg (University of Amsterdam), Moniek Buijzen (University of Amsterdam).

Part V: Health Effects of Media:.

16. Media Use and Childhood Obesity: Elizabeth A. Vandewater (University of Texas at Austin), Hope M. Cummings (University of Michigan).

17. Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders: Kristen Harrison (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Veronica Hefner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

18. Media and Advertising Effects: Brian Young (University of Exeter).

19. Adolescents and Media Messages about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs: Dina L. G. Borzekowski (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Victor C. Strasburger (University of New Mexico School of Medicine).

Part VI: Media Policy and Interventions:.

20. The Children’s Television Act: Sandra L. Calvert (Georgetown University).

21. Regulating the Media: Sexually Explicit Content: Joah G. Iannotta (US Government Accountability Office).

22. Media-Related Policies of Professional Health Organizations: Marie Evans Schmidt (University of Massachusetts), David S. Bickham (University of Texas at Austin), Amy Branner (Children’s Media Use Study), Michael Rich (Children’s Hospital Boston).

23. The Rating Systems for Media Products: Douglas A. Gentile (Iowa State University).

24. Parent and School Interventions: Mediation and Media Literacy: Jennifer L. Chakroff (Ohio State University), Amy I. Nathanson (Ohio State University).

Author Index.

Subject Index

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Author Information

Sandra L. Calvert, the Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, is a Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has consulted for Nickelodeon Online, Sesame Workplace, Blue’s Clues, and Sega of America, to influence the development of children’s television programs, Internet software, and video games. She is author of Children’s Journeys through the Information Age (1999), and co-editor of Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (2002).


Barbara J. Wilson is a Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2002) and three book volumes of the National Television Violence Study (1997-1998).

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The Wiley Advantage


  • 25 newly-commissioned essays bring new research to the forefront, especially on digital media, developmental research, and public policy debates
  • Includes helpful introductions to each section, a theoretical overview of the field, and a final chapter that offers a vision of future research
  • Contributors include key, international authorities in the field
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Reviews

“This handbook provides readers a balanced approach in understanding the role of the media in the lives of children and adolescents.” (PsycCRITIQUES, April 2009)

"This handbook is a meticulously researched "tour-de-force" of the role media play in shaping child and family development. Through a multi-disciplinary analysis of the varied impacts the media are having on children's learning, social interactions and healthy development, the handbook offers an authoritative, balanced perspective, while identifying pressing issues to be addressed by policymakers. The handbook is a must read for those who wish to understand the rich and subtle ways media influence children's lives every day."
Michael Levine, PhD, Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

"This book assembles the most accomplished researchers in the field and presents in-depth and theoretically driven analyses of the most important research advances, including novel theorizing on recent technological innovations in the media. Essential as a text or reference for students, scholars, and policymakers. Understandable to undergraduates, but with depth and accuracy that scholars will appreciate."
Joanne Cantor, Director, Center for Communication Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Calvert and Wilson have gathered together a collection of papers providing up-to-the-moment research on how children use and are influenced by various mass media, but also on the business models underlying the industry and an array of possible policies and interventions designed to protect children. Students, scholars, policy-makers and parents will all find this book an invaluable resource."
Donald F. Roberts, Thomas More Storke Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

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